Key West, James Bond and the Bimini Barrelhead Bar

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There are a lot of popular bars to visit in Key West but if you’re a film buff, you won’t want to pass up the chance to visit the Barrelhead Bar (formerly the Harbor Lights Bar), one of the filming locations from the James Bond film “License to Kill.” Listed as the Bimini Barrelhead Bar in the movie, it’s not actually in Bimini so don’t be hopping a boat in Miami and expecting to find it and belly up to the bar with 007. You can find it at Garrison Bight Marina currently occupying the ground floor of the Thai Island Restaurant (located upstairs).

If you’re looking to get away from the hordes on Duval for a cool place to enjoy some drinks on the water, head on over to the Barrelhead. The sights and sounds of the marina make for a Key West appropriate backdrop and you’ll actually get to meet some locals instead of bumping into and off of tourists. Don’t forget to order a “Martini, shaken not stirred” in your best British accent. I’m sure the bartenders will just love it.

You can find out more about the Bimini Barrelhead Bar by reading this excellent article at the blog, 100 Bars in 100 Days (I need to do a beach bar version of that!), who became an instant fan of the bar as soon as he walked in the front door and describes the bar as “just a dang cool hang.” He also pens the brilliant line “WTF, ya bastids, it’s fookin’ Budweiser, not some fine champagne.” Sounds like my kind of reviewer.

The fight scene from License to Kill featuring the Barrelhead Bar.

Author: Tom W.

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